There will be more space at Saturday’s Gig Harbor Beer Festival, but that doesn’t mean there will be all that many more people. The annual beer festival will take up a bigger footprint of Uptown Gig Harbor, but organizers said they wouldn’t sell “too many more tickets.”
Besides more room to roam, there’s also more brew. Six additional breweries have signed on to the festival, which hopefully will mean that the taps won’t run dry, a problem in past years.
This year’s lineup of 28 breweries reads like the who’s who of South Sound beer geeks. See the list below for the dozen Pierce and Thurston County brewers. The other brewers are from the Seattle-Kitsap area. Also pouring will be Tacoma’s Tilted Tree Hard Cider and Gig Harbor’s Heritage Distilling.
Tickets are $30 in advance, but might sell out. Purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or in person at Gig Harbor Brewing Co., which is owned by John Fosberg, the founder of the beer festival. Wet Coast Brewing in Gig Harbor also will sell tickets.
Here’s a look at what else is happening at the festival:
Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Uptown Gig Harbor, 4701 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor.
Tickets: $30 each, which buys you eight tastes and a 5-ounce commemorative cup. Tickets are expected to sell out, so purchase before you go.
Live music: The Rusty Cleavers and Sounds Like Delores.
Eats: Nearby restaurants include Le-Le, Panera, GreenHouse, Pizzeria Fondi, Blazing Onion Burgers, Blue Agave, Sweet Melissa’s Cupcakes and more.
The brewers: 192 Brewing Co., 7 Seas Brewing Co., Cash Brewing Co., Der Blokken Brewery, Downpour Brewing, Fish Brewing Co., Fox Island Brewing, Ghostfish Brewing Co., Gig Harbor Brewing Co., Harmon Brewing Co., Hood Canal Brewing Co., Lazy Boy Brewing Co., Loowit Brewing Co., Narrows Brewing Co., Odd Otter Brewing Co., Pacific Brewing & Malting Co., Pelican Brewing Co., Rainy Daze Brewing Co., RAM Big Horn Brewery, Silver City Brewery, Slaughter County Brewing Co., Slippery Pig Brewing Co., Sound Brewery, Top Rung Brewing Co., Walking Man Brewing, Wet Coast Brewing Co., Wingman Brewers and Valholl Brewing Co.